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Phoenix, Arizona
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a honeymoon suite (not cause we were on a honeymoon, but because that was what was left) Supposedly all the honeymoon suites view the volcano, the first day we got to see it, then it was to cloudy the second two days. The room was extremely nice and comfortable, very large with a nice large bathroom. Although the...

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Bradenton, Florida
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From the person who made our reservation, Carlos, to the receptionist who greeted us, the shuttle drivers, wait staff in every bar and restaurant...and the thermal baths....each staff member was attentive to our every need and desire. The breakfast and dinner buffet were expertly provided in beautiful settings so convenient to our room. We stayed in a Rainforest Suite overlooking...

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Marin County, California
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tabacon is an altogether amazing experience! The service stands out though- it is absolutely incredible!! Each and every member of the staff went out of their way to make my stay more enjoyable. I am very appreciative. And, that does not even take into account the amazing thermal springs, the beautiful rooms, the good food, and the incredible surroundings. I...

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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful experience staying with us and you miss Tabacon already. It's great to read you enjoyed our service, each and every member of our staff are always happy to assist you in making your experience with us a memorable...

Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I bought an all day pass for my girlfriend and myself. Not too overcrowded and the dinner buffet was excellent. There was a swim up bar in one pool for when we got thirsty. Highly recommend doing this as a break to all the adventure tourism you might be doing in the area.

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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello carlosdanger8, Thank you for visiting Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are happy to read you enjoyed your visit and an excellent buffet dinner from our Ave del Paraiso restaurant. At the same time, it's great to read you highly recommend to visit Tabacon to have a break from all the adventure tourism activities around the area....

Mandeville, Louisiana
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here before and wanted to come back for our anniversary.. We checked in and everyone was great and helpful.. we also told them it was our anniversary and they had a sign on the door and the champagne O ordered ahead of time waiting in the room. We had an A/C issue in our room and reported it...

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TabaconGuestService, Gerente at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello rgeiereec, Thank you for choosing Tabacon to celebrate such a special occasion. We are happy to read you would come back here anytime. It's great to read you stayed at Tabacon before and wanted to come back for your anniversary. We are glad to know our staff solved your issue with the A/C in time, our greatest satisfaction is...

Monteverde, Costa Rica
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing hotel and we have the most beautiful view of the volcano from our room. The staff are fantastic and treat you very well. It's lovely when you don't do it often. Do not stay here if you are going to complain about all the things they like to do for you....like drive you to your room in a golf...

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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello natlynn46, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon. We are happy to read you enjoyed your visit as well as to know you have the most beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from your room. We are glad to read you appreciated the service and attention from our staff, our main priority is to provide service and attention of...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a wonderful hotel with amazing staff! Stayed here in early January 2017. We had originally booked a Tabacon Suite but they upgraded us to the Senator. WOW! An amazing suite with an unbelievable view. Unfortunately, it rained a lot during our stay but in many ways, it didn't matter. We were able to do most things. The hotel concierge...

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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello SheminaK, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and sharing your experience with us. We are happy to read you had a great vacation while staying at Tabacon and that the stage were really the best part of your experience. We are glad to read you enjoyed our Senator suite and the unbelievable view from it. It's great to read that...

La Quinta, California
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was such a magical zen like atmosphere. Unfortunately it rained most of the time, but it did not stop us from enjoying the tented canopies and reading. The hot springs were fantastic. The rooms were fine.If you have to drive there on your own, the GPS is not great, so I would use a tour bus to get there....

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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Carrie E, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are happy to read you had a magical zen like atmosphere while visiting us. It's great to read that the weather conditions didn't stop you from enjoying as well as to know you were able to enjoy our hot springs.At the same time, we are happy...

Toledo, Ohio
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed 3 nights here for Christmas holidays with my boyfriend. While hotel was very nice, it was too fancy for us. We didn't select this hotel specifically as we used a travel agent. If we went back to la fortuna I would not stay here again. Like other reviews, the staff were friendly enough, but sometimes difficult to work with....

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TabaconGuestService, Manager at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Hello Caitlin_624, Thank you for choosing Tabacon and sharing your review. We are happy to read you can't complain about the amenities or service, and the attention of our staff who were friendly and helpful. We regret to read that both the shuttle service and the way our front desk staff delivered your It was not of your preference,our main...

Uxbridge, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sitting here on our balcony overlooking the rainforest, having a coffee and thinking about how lucky we are. This resort, and especially this room is everything we hoped for and more. The staff are friendly and efficient, the rooms very clean and the bed is beyond comfortable. We have enjoyed the hot springs everyday . We have also...

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Hello Penny H, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tabacon with us. We are happy to read you were overlooking the rainforest at one of our rooms when you wrote this wonderful review. We are glad to know you enjoyed your experience at Tabacon as well as to know you visited everyday our hot springs. As you were able...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled in the heart of the tropical rainforest at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the northern Region of Costa Rica. This five-star carbon neutral resort offers a unique blend of nature, adventure and relaxation. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Tabacon provides luxurious accommodations, services and amenities in a picture-perfect natural setting. The resort's unique healing thermal mineral spring river emerge from the volcanic earth, cascading to form waterfalls, streams, tranquil pools and ponds. Explore Shangri-La Gardens an hotel guests and adults-only hideaway, delight your senses with world- class cuisine inspired by local fares or surprise that special person with a gala dinner in the middle of the rainforest. Inside the gardens is the resort's Grand Spa, member of The Leading Spas of the World which combines a beautiful location with a singular spa experience, where treatments are rendered in open air bungalows all of them with private jacuzzi. ... more   less 

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Address: 13 Km Northwest, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range: RM1,556 - RM2,786 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 103
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Also Known As:
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Hotel La Fortuna De San Carlos
Tabacon Grand Hotel Thermal
Tabacon Grand Resort Thermal
Tabacon Resort
Tabacon Hot Springs
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa Costa Rica/La Fortuna De San Carlos
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Business Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Green Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#5 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#9 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#13 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hello! My boyfriend and I are traveling to Tabacon in a few weeks! We are a couple in our late twenty's/early thirty's and this will be our first big trip together out of the country... I've tried to do a lot of research but I still have a few questions! Please help and be specific if you can! :)

We booked a private van to the hotel from the airport - but what about once we're there? I've seen a few posts about $1-$2 taxi rides about 10 minutes away into the town of La Fortuna, but I've also seen some people say it cost them $20 to get to La Fortuna.

1. How much should we expect to pay for a taxi from Tabacon into the town of La Fortuna? (or other nearby areas with restaurants)

2. How did you book these quick taxi rides?

When I travel, I am the adventurous type - I love to experience the culture of the area. I am terrified of heights but am still open to zip lining, hiking, etc. I also want to see as many animals and creatures as possible, and I love to photograph! On the other hand, my boyfriend is not as adventurous and would love to experience the culture but in a more relaxed way.

3. What are the best adventurous excursions/tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

4. What are the most beautiful & relaxing tours that you've been on, and how do you book them?

5. Has anyone been to Extremo Ziplining? I've heard it's the best.

I've read numerous posts about how the food at the Tabacon isn't worth the money... which is fine because I would rather experience the culture anyways.

6. Where have you traveled for food and beverages that you would recommend us to go - and how did you get there?

Lastly, we only have 5 days here and our first and last day are wasted, due to the amount of travel time. (So really only 3 days)

7. What are the top things you recommend for us to do here, besides the springs?

Thanks in advance!!

11 months ago

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